Heading to carpool yesterday I realized how absent minded I am sometimes – I’d left the petrol cap unscrewed and the cap cover open on the car after filling up yesterday – fortunately the petrol hadn’t all evaporated or been syphoned off – but duh – makes me wonder how much just passes me by without me taking notice – MM is always telling me I only hear 50% of what he says…
Driving the kids home yesterday was torture – for some reason when they are strapped into their car seats they see it as an opportunity not to sing songs or play games, but to bicker and see who can make who cry first…I know they are tired so I try to be patient, but yesterday I resorted to turning up the volume on the radio in an attempt to block it out. As soon as we were home they were all sweetness and smiles for Daddy – aaaargggghhh! So I headed straight to the fridge and opened a bottle of white. I’ve discovered a lovely little tipple from Trader Joe’s (my new favorite place for wine, though Whole Foods still has great deals) – it’s called Big Day White and it’s cheap as chips. It’s a blend but I’m no wine snob and it tastes fabulous – really fruity and almost 13% – perfect! I have friends who have been fans of Trader Joe’s for years and it has taken me longer than most to discover the gem it really is – mainly because we have one of the best Whole Foods in the land just down the road, but for quick, healthy options Trader Joe’s wins. For supper I had a fabulous piece of Trader Joe’s soy glazed cod with stir fried veggies – as good as any restaurant, half the price and low fat to boot! Unfortunately, it was followed by three Fortnum & Mason’s butter biscuits which I am still trying to finish. My fabulous BIL and his family sent me a F&M’s hamper for my 40th, which we saved to enjoy at Christmas, so now the only way to remove these tempting, calorie laden goodies from the house is to eat them.
Mr. UPS swung by last night too – he misses me if we go any longer than a week without seeing each other. He brought me my best Boden clearance item to date. When I first saw the Joyful Jersey Dress I have to say I thought it looked frumpy, both online and in the catalogue, and I steered clear all season long, no matter how many rave reviews it won or how many of my friends on the Boden Community praised it. Until that is I saw one of my lady friends wearing it and looking simply divine. ‘Simple’ being the operative word – I hadn’t considered the plain black option but it looked so simply classic that I had to try it. I stalked and stalked and low and behold a US6 popped back into stock – swoop, attack, buy – and boy am I glad I did – it is LOVELY. The same thick jersey as my beloved colorblock tunics, perfectly shaped, and best of all the perfect length. Can I just say I love it again? Unfortunately because it was so popular there are none in stock on the site so no link I’m afraid, but I encourage you to stalk:)
It’s going to be beautiful here again today so I am trying some ‘transitional’ items. I don’t normally buy Boden trousers as I find them too high waisted but when the straightleg wool crops went into the sale at $38.00 I snapped them up in black, navy pinstripe and slate. I’m wearing the slate today and I love them. I’ve tried to wear them with socks and ankle boots in the past but because they are only lined to the knee the wool trouser sticks to my socks – rather unflattering when they bunch up! I think they look great with ballet flats though, especially my grey flannel Tory Burch Reva flats which I bought last Spring in the sale. The jumper is the AllSaints Jagger Godiva jumper which is my favorite AllSaints piece right now. Earrings today are Erica Lyons from Belk, lipstick is Revlon Smoky Rose, nail polish is Revlon Perplex and perfume is DKNY Golden Delicious.
Have lots of work to do this morning as I’m finishing early – MM and I are meeting our contractor/designer this afternoon to start the design phase of our house renovations that we are doing this year. Very exciting, but a little overwhelming too!